Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Malnourishment in women and children, 28/11/2019

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Malnourishment in women and children, 28/11/2019. As per the report of NFHS-4 conducted in 2015-16, 35.7% children under 5 years of age are underweight and 38.4% are stunted and 22.9%women (15-49 years of age) have chronic energy deficiency (BMI less than 18.5) indicating a reduction from the previous NFHS-3 conducted in 2005-06, which reported 42.5% children under 5 years of age as underweight 48% stunted and 35.6% women (15-49 years of age) have chronic energy deficiency (BMI less than 18.5). Further, as per the report of Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) (2016-18), prevalence of stunting, wasting and underweight among children is 34.7%, 17% and 33.4% respectively, which indicates further reduction as compared to the levels reported by NFHS-4.The State-wise details are at Annexure.

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